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Capital Allowances Act 2001

Section 545: Investment assets

1895.This section is based on section 434E(1), (4) and (5) of ICTA. It defines “investment asset” and sets out rules for the allocation and availability of allowances for investment assets.

1896.Subsections (1) and (2) define “investment asset” as any asset held by a company carrying on any life assurance business other than a management asset. This is a change to the definition in section 434E(1), since there is no reference here to property businesses. See Change 61 in Annex 1.

1897.Subsection (3) requires any allowances in respect of investment assets to be apportioned between the categories of insurance business in the same way that income relating to the asset would be apportioned.

1898.Subsection (4) provides that capital allowances on investment assets are not available if the life assurance business is charged to tax under Case I of Schedule D, so that allowances are only available if the company is charged to tax on the I-E basis.

1899.Subsection (5) provides that capital allowances on investment assets are not taken into account in calculating the profits of the company’s pension business, life reinsurance business or overseas life assurance business. So, allowances on investment assets are only available in calculating the profits from the company’s BLAGAB.

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